Educational Opportunity Center

Educational Opportunity Center

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) is one of MTC’s TRIO Programs federally funded by the US Department of Education. EOC provides counseling and information on college admissions and financial aid to qualified adults who want to begin or continue a college education. Participants can receive assistance in applying to any vocational training program, college or university. The program also provides in depth financial aid information and assistance completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Get help applying for the FAFSA

The Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) assists students and parents with completing the FAFSA.

Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) Eligibility

  • US Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Resident of Fairfield or Lexington County
  • Individual that is 19 years of age or older
  • Individual not served by the Educational Talent Search program
  • Has a desire to enroll in college or training program 
  • Preference will be given to veterans, potential first generation college students, and individuals with limited income


  • College admissions counseling
  • College transfer assistance
  • Financial aid assistance and counseling
  • Financial decision making assistance
  • GED referral assistance
  • Homeless and foster youth educational assistance

Download Application

Documents to Bring for EOC Services

  • Picture ID
  • Permanent Resident Card (if eligible non-citizen)
  • Social Security Card
  • Most recently filed tax return (1040, 1040A, 1040 EZ)
  • Parents’ most recently filed tax return (dependent students only)
  • Parental Income Verification Form (dependent student whose parents have no income documentation)
  • Award letter, FAFSA confirmation page, or Student Aid Report (if completing Loan Entrance Counseling and Master Promissory Note)


Coming Soon FAFSA Assistance for 2021-2022 FAFSA October 1st

Need help with your FAFSA?
Need more information or want to schedule a one on one appointment?
Contact EOC at 803-822-3749 or
TRIO Staff will be able to answer your financial aid questions and help you complete your FAFSA. 


  • FAFSA Submissions and Corrections
  • Scholarship Assistance
  • Student Loan Assistance
  • Verification Assistance
  • College Admissions Counseling
  • Master Promissory Note (MPN)
  • College Transfer Assistance
  • College Tours and more...

Need more information or want to schedule a one-on-one appointment?

EOC is offering remote Financial Aid assistance through Zoom! Contact EOC at 803.822.3749 or

Frequently Asked FAFSA Questions

EOC Scholarship Directory

Sample Recommendation Request Letter
Sample Recommendation Request Form

Outreach Sites

EOC provides services at a variety of agencies in Lexington and Fairfield counties. Site visits are coordinated with each organization for clients or attendees at particular locations. The outreach sites by county are:

Fairfield County

Fairfield County Department of Social Services
Fairfield County School District Adult Education
SC Works Winnsboro Center

Fort Jackson

Army Continuing Education Center

Lexington County

Lexington School District One Adult Education Center
Lexington School District Two Adult Education Center –Pair Education Center
Lexington School District Three Adult Education Center-Lifelong Learning Center - (office hours are also held at the MTC Batesburg-Leesville Campus)
Lexington School District Four Adult Education Center
Richland/Lexington District Five Adult Education Center
Academy for Success
Lexington County Department of Social Services
SC Works Lexington Center


Contact Us

Mailing Address

Educational Opportunity Center
Midlands Technical College
P.O. Box 2408
Columbia, SC 29202
(803) 822-3749

Airport Campus

1260 Lexington Dr.
West Columbia, SC 29170
Lexington Hall, Room 170

Beltline Campus

316 South Beltline Boulevard
Columbia, SC 29205
Student Center, Room 227

Helpful Links

As part of our grant services, the EOC provides information on college admissions and financial literacy to students. 

Financial Aid

Federal Student Aid
South Carolina Scholarships and Grants
Student Aid Deadlines

Financial Literacy

Bank of America Better Money Habits
FDIC Money Smart

Getting out of Student Loan Default
My Money
Wells Fargo Hands of Banking

College Admissions

Big Future
College Navigator

Career Information

Occupational Outlook Handbook
O*Net Online
ACT Profile Career Assessment 
The South Carolina Department of Employment and Workforce
Midlands Education Business Alliance

Adult and Continuing Education

South Carolina General Education Development (GED)

Contact Us

Alfie B. Mincy

Linda T. Blair
Administrative Specialist

Charlene Bolton
Outreach Site Coordinator

Ernest J. Oree
Outreach Site Coordinator

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